Winter Meetings Recap: Doumit unlikely to be dealt this off-season


By John Perrotto INDIANAPOLIS _ The Pirates’ contingent left the winter meetings Thursday morning without making any major deals and that was not a surprise. The Pirates didn’t have any big moves cooking when they arrived Sunday in the city that truly put the winter back in winter meetings this week with some sub-arctic wind chills. The only Pirates’ player who seemed to draw much trade interest was catcher Ryan Doumit but all indications from sources both inside and outside the organization are that the switch-hitter will not be traded this winter. Doumit’s value is low after he missed 73 games in the first half of last season with a broken wrist and wound up hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 75 games. General manager Neal Huntington’s modus operandi has been to sell high on players and, thus, will more likely will wait to until nextRead More »

Pirates-Offseason Lookahead: Blalock & Baldelli on the Pirates radar?


By John Perrotto Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Pirates’ 2009 season was in its final ugly days when manager John Russell began looking forward to 2010. “This was sort of a unique season in that it was almost like we had two different teams, one before the trades and one after,” the manager. “It was tough for the fact you were bringing a lot of players from a lot of different organizations and putting together in the middle of the season. “Things will be different next year. We’ll go through a full spring training together. Everyone will know everyone else better. Everyone will have a better understanding of the Pirates’ way of doing everything. I’m excited about it.” It is understandable why Russell and the rest of the Pirates want to put 2009 in the rearview mirror as they went 62-99 and finished with the second-worst recordRead More »

Historic Loss; Pirates clinch their 17th straight losing season


Chicago 4 – Pittsburgh 2 Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Chicago Cubs assured the Pittsburgh Pirates a 17th losing season, beating the Pirates 4-2 Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The loss to the Cubs was significant as the Pirates now own the longest losing streak in the history of North America’s four major professional sports.

Pirates pick up option on John Russell


The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised the 2010 club option of manager John Russell. The announcement was made by Neal Huntington, the Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager. Russell will begin his second season as the manger of the Pirates this year after being named to his current position on November 5, 2007. ‚ÄúJR met or exceeded expectations in his first year as the Pirates manager. His club worked hard to play the game properly and battled from the first out until the last,‚Äù said Huntington. ‚ÄúHis leadership, knowledge, attention to detail, ability to see the big picture and passion for things being done the right way made him the ideal choice as our manager a year ago and made the decision to pick up his option for 2010 an easy decision. I look forward to working closely with him for years to come as we build a consistent championshipRead More »